Ex-death row inmate wants to be tried by judge in Hawaii sex trafficking case
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Ex-death row inmate wants to be tried by judge in Hawaii sex trafficking case

  • HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Isaiah McCoy, in an undated booking photo. McCoy, a former death row inmate from Delaware now facing sex trafficking charges in Hawaii wants a trial before a judge and not a jury.

A former death row inmate from Delaware now facing sex trafficking charges in Hawaii wants a trial before a judge and not a jury.

Isaiah McCoy made the request today after the judge said he didn’t present sufficient evidence to dismiss his case.

The judge didn’t immediately rule on his request for a bench trial. McCoy is representing himself in the case, and says he considered using an insanity defense.

McCoy was sentenced to death after a jury found him guilty of murder in Delaware. He was later released from prison after a judge found him not guilty at a retrial.

Less than a year after his release, he was charged with seven counts of sex trafficking. Prosecutors allege he forced, threatened and coerced young women into prostitution in Hawaii.

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